More than just a simple warehouse filled with weightlifters and the cardio obsessed, this 24 Hour Fitness combines many features found at smaller, more boutique outfits – but for a fraction of the cost. High-energy exercise classes revolve around popular options like yoga, Zumba and spin, while an on-site hot tub helps relax sore muscles after a particularly brutal workout. For parents with young children, a Kids Club sits just off the main exercise floor of this tall, open space, a perfect place for little ones to hang out while their parents put in some cardio time. An attached supplement sales kiosk takes care of any remaining post-workout needs, though the tall, sunny, warehouse-like space is always ready to welcome the hardcore back for another session.
The rich history of kenpo karate stretches as far back as the second century AD, when the number two was invented and renowned surgeon Hua T?o devised defensive exercises based on animal poses. The Asian sport continued to evolve over the intervening years, and in the 20th century, Ed Parker imported kenpo to the states and became not only the senior grandmaster of American kenpo, but also the ?father of American Kenpo.? Today, Ed Parker Jr. carries on his father?s legacy as a member of the Master Council that presides over American Institute of Kenpo, along with other kenpo greats such as ninth-degree black belt Sigung Stephen LaBounty. The team of experts offers a guiding presence at the institute?Ed drops in for yearly camps and senior black-belt testing?and ensures the internationally certified instructors teach kenpo karate with the utmost attention to the principles of the sport.
Though kenpo is derived from ancient techniques, it encompasses contemporary self-defense and fitness methods. In the first lesson, students power through all the basics?the five ranges of combat and how to move swiftly?and form a sturdy foundation for increased strength, coordination, and flexibility. The center offers a wide range of programs for all ages and ability levels so that new pupils can master kenpo quickly and ascend through the belt-oriented ranks toward black.
No two people share the same fitness needs and goals. The trainers at Active Bodies understand this and help visitors perform workouts designed to tone muscles, burn calories, or simply help people live healthier lifestyles. The team also offers personal-training sessions, which incorporate everything from cardiovascular conditioning and resistance training to exercises with dynamic body movements. Active Bodies also hosts group programs for clients seeking the support of a class environment. Zumba, Pilates, kickboxing, yoga, and boot camp sessions are all intended to complement everyday fitness routines while providing variety and a chance to purge coup-plotting sweat.
Healthy living doesn't always have to involve training though. The gym supports its clients' quests toward greater wellness by offering stretch therapy and rejuvenating massages. Nutritional guidance complements workout regimens by suggesting step-by-step dietary changes. Active Bodies even caters to visitors' needs by featuring a special play area where children safely play, lounge on bean bags, or practice their differential equations.
The instructors at S-Cape Fitness believe that tangible results are the best motivation to keep working out. However, they also understand that falling into a workout rut is a surefire way to revert to bad habits. With those two beliefs in mind, they oversee a roster of ever-changing, functional exercises that keep bodies fit and minds engaged. Their inspirational body challenges, such as the 12-Week Body Challenge, combine personal training, customized meal planning, and small-group training to burn fat and build muscle rapidly. Trainers also schedule a full line-up of group cross-training classes, which pair well-executed kettlebell, medicine ball, and agility workouts with metabolic conditioning. This trio of workout styles targets muscles throughout the body, delivering full-body fitness the healthy and effective way. When they're not working out, clients can receive full-body assessments, learn about nutrition, and enjoy the atmosphere of friendly team cooperation with other like-minded exercisers and their talking parrots.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Fairtex, Everlast, RevGear
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: BJJ and UFC fighters' training camps
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
The passion comes directly from our instructors' goal [of] making this gym not only competitive but different from the rest. John Crouch, one of the owners and instructors, started this gym with Joe and Ben Henderson to re-define jiu jitsu and muay thai and still include the much needed cardio and strength training people forget when training in the mixed-martial-arts realm.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Don't give up?it's a learning process and it won't be easy. It will feel like you are lost at first but everything takes time, and once you get the basics down, it gets easier and you start feeling amazing. My suggestion is to stick with it for a few months and really come consistently if you want to get the results you are looking for.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Teachings come directly from John Crouch, a 30-year black belt who is one of the 9 people Royce Gracie ever gave a black belt to. ... Our members have become very competitive and compete at a lot of competitions around the world.... We have currently 8 members that train here that fight in the UFC, and we constantly have fighters from the UFC come from all over the world to train in our fight camps.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Jarret Aki is our secret sauce trainer who directly works with the fighters and gets everyone conditioned. He ... modifies strength conditioning to each individual member's needs. Our workouts give you the one-on-one personal training attention in a class setting without the high-priced personal training fees.
Jacqui Bergmann had a lot to contend with—a divorce, depression, and a two-packs-a-day smoking habit. As she drove her son to the gym, she wondered what she should do to turn her life around. As it turns out, the answer was at the gym. Watching her son take a boxing lesson, Jacqui decided she wanted to give it a try. She traded her cigarettes for boxing gloves and felt her negative thoughts fade away to be replaced by a sense of confidence and empowerment.
Today, as owner of Glove Game Boxing, Jacqui gives guests this same feeling of empowerment through 30- and 60-minute boxing classes. Her team of trainers holds group and one-on-one lessons for men and women of all ability levels and goals, whether they just want to get in shape or to compete in amateur or professional circuits. They teach the same exercises used to drill the gym's pro pugilists—students learn about punching combinations, for example, and the importance of throwing at the X on King Hippo's stomach. The trainers emphasize proper form and technique so participants get the most out of each workout while minimizing the chance of injury. They also offer special training packages, including parent-child, postbaby, and wedding-day-countdown boot camps. To keep clients focused on the training and not the paperwork, Jacqui forgoes things such as long-term contracts and membership fees.